There is always a set of standard metrics that are universally monitored (Disk Usage, Memory Usage, Load, Pings, etc). Beyond that, there are a lot of lessons that we’ve learned from operating our production systems that have helped shape the breadth of monitoring that we perform at bitly.
I’m a bit sentimental. Perhaps that’s not the best way to be in an industry where just about everything is etherial and temporary. Over the years I figure that most of what I’ve created has been edited, refactored, deprecated or outright binned when something different or better came along.
"Having a big ego about that piece of code today is a little silly because, in a functioning engineering organization, it won’t be “your” code for long at all."
There were many different machines with Steam Machines at CES 2014. One was a bit more interesting in addition to the others. The Steam Machine from iBuyPower came with a Rasberry Pi. Delicious, I think!